Whittling down the to do list
12 January 2012 | Kemah TX USA
We are whittling down our to do list slowly but surely. We got our new liferaft ordered yesterday and it should be here late next week. Breakwater Marine got us the best deal by far. We had been considering a Revere Coatal Commander and Breakwater upgraded us to the Offshore Commander for $200 less than the best price we could get for the Coastal Commander. We like Breakwater Marine. Derrick Garcia is the owner and he has been very helpful for all of our needs.
We have not had very good luck with the marine businesses here in the Clear Lake area. For the most part, they give you the impression that you are too rich for your own good, too stupid to own a boat, and you need relieved of all of your money. We have been fortunate enough to find four businesses here that have a totally different attitude. They are Breakwater Marine, Banks Sails, Kemah Hardware, and Coastline Towers.
We woke up to high North winds this morning. The last few days have had either North or West winds, both of which tend to blow the water out of Clear Lake into Galveston Bay and then the Gulf. Seanna has been spending a lot of time sitting in the mud at the slip. Our typical tidal range here is around a foot, but with the the contrary winds, we loose about three feet of water. Just enough to put Seanna on the ground (mud).
We met Tom Frankum for lunch yesterday. Tom is a retired Houston Firefighter and made contact with us through our blog. He is going to Isla Mujerus around the last of February so we had lunch and compared each others preparation plans. Tom might tell you he isn't ready yet, but he is way ahead of us. I'm pretty sure we'll see more of Tom down South. We gave him the coordinates for the Hobby Islands in Honduras, told him about the spear fishing there, and he sounded pretty interested in checking them out. According to our friends Sonny and Kay Sides of S/V Valentina, the more the merrier in the Hobbies. Sounds like a spear fishing extravaganza.
Our plans for today are to finish working on the autopilot, finish the depth transducer, and work on the SSB radio some more. The SSB has been a real P. I. T. A. While talking to Tom yesterday, it occurred to me that maybe we should change the coax cable from the radio to the tuner. That will certainly be a low cost piece of the process of elimination. Well the only way these projects will get done is for me to stop writing and get Robyn started. So until next time...